700ML / 48.9% ABV.
This is the first release by William Grant & Sons from their Ailsa Bay Distillery which is located on the same site as the Girvan Grain Distillery and Hendrick's Gin Distillery in the Scottish Lowlands. It has been matured in four different types of casks: refill American oak, first fill Bourbon, new oak and Baby Bourbon casks creating a truly unique new malt which aims to bring a perfect balance between smoke and sweetness. Interesting packaging with a stopper containing granite from the famous Ailsa Craig.
What our angels say
We're so excited about this first release from Ailsa Bay, the closest distillery to Whisky Angel HQ!
Nose: Intense, smoky phenolic note but balanced with creamy, honeyed sweetness. Then...smoky bacon!
Palate: Zingy, peaty kick layered with beautiful sweetness. A meaty character too – crispy rasher with a hint of maple syrup.
Finish: Huge – goes on forever. Again balance of smoke and sweet, savoury but candied spice notes – due to the Oak casks (vanilla) and Hudson (oily, syrupy, sweet).